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What is Underfloor Heating?

Underfloor heating is a method of heating a house or large building where the use of fixed wall radiators is not very efficient. Examples of this can be in large open plan buildings like office spaces, or halls. If there is a lot of space, the hot air does not radiate so well around the room, so underfloor heating is much more effective because it is spread evenly around the room. Underfloor heating is much more efficient in these instances because the hot pipes beneath the floor waste little energy, as hot air will rise upwards, from beneath the floor to the room, and eventually to the rooms above the ceiling.

What is Underfloor Heating?

There are many other benefits to underfloor heating as well as the added efficiency of them over fixed wall radiators in a large open plan area. One huge benefit to using underfloor heating instead of fixed wall radiators is that the underfloor heating is underneath the floor (no surprise there!), which saves a lot of space in the actual room it is heating. A fixed wall radiator would take up wall space, often beneath a window (which would make it less efficient anyway), and usually doesn’t look very good in a room either.

Conventional fixed wall radiators were invented in the mid 19th Century, so they’re over 150 years old now. You could perhaps argue that underfloor heating should be used more, because it is modern technology and is much more efficient. Whereas underfloor heating is certainly more efficient, it is in no way modern. Variants of underfloor heating have been traced back to Pre-Roman and Greek times, when hot tiles from fires were sent beneath the houses of members of the Aristocracy in order to heat the rooms from below.

If you need to fit some underfloor heating in your own property, Crown Tiles can provide you with many different systems that will allow you to develop an underfloor heating system in your own home.

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